Eco-Dyeing Felt Bag Workshop w/ Lindsay Best

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Eco-Dyeing Felt Bag Workshop w/ Lindsay Best

115.00

Sunday Feb 5th and 12th.  11am-2:30pm 

Eco-Dyeing is a natural dye process that uses whole leaves and flowers pressed directly onto wool or silk to create beautiful plant prints on fiber. In this two day workshop we will be creating eco-printed, beaded, and hand stitched felt bags. Lindsay will teach you about different dye techniques, ethical harvesting of materials, what plants create good dye and basic embroidery stitches. You will go home with a beautiful naturally dyed, lined and hand stitched bag. 

CLASS ONE, 3.5 HOURS:
Lindsay will have different dye materials, such as mushrooms, lichens, and plants, laid out for learning and touching. You will see examples of dyed silk and wool using the materials that you will learn about. We will talk about ethical harvesting, when to harvest, and how to store your dye materials.We will then move on to dyeing with fresh Eucalyptus leaves. Lindsey will show you how to prepare your fabric, lay out your leaves, and bundle your wool. While our wool felt bundles are simmering and changing in the dye pot, we will enjoy a light lunch and some wild-harvested herbal lemonade. After the hour and a half simmer, we will unroll the bundles and uncover our beautiful prints! You will select a liner fabric from the fabrics provided, which Lindsey will take home and prepare, with your dyed felt, for the second class.
 
CLASS TWO, 3.5 HOURS:
For our second class we will be stitching, beading, and lining our bag. This is the point where you can completely tailor the bag to your taste. Bright or muted stitches, a lot of stitching or just a bit, beads, and how you close your bag. Lindsay will guide you through the process. Again, a light lunch will be served.
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